Cheater Beef Hash

Dinner is served!

I love beef hash! It is so tasty and the fact that it all cooks in one big frying pan is another bonus! I was tired of all the work that beef hash entails, so I went for a shortcut. Here is what I used:

2 lbs. lean ground beef

1, 28 oz. bag of potatoes O’Brien

3/4 cup shredded carrots (I used baby carrots)

1 tsp. granulated onion

2 tsp. minced garlic

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. mustard

Place your beef and potatoes O’Brien in your large frying pan and turn on the heat to high-medium. Stir occasionally, as the beef browns and the potatoes, onions, and peppers defrost and cook. Add carrots and stir in.

Almost done!

When beef, potatoes, and carrots are cooked through, add the granulated onion, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and mustard. Stir well and serve immediately. Enjoy!

An Apology and a Stir Fry

Yummy 😋!

Ok. First, I want to apologize for not posting last Tuesday. I had received my COVID booster shot and it hit me like a load of bricks. Not fun, and you probably wouldn’t have wanted to hear any post that I would have posted anyway. It most likely would have been whining, so count yourself lucky that I didn’t lay that all on you! Also, I was preparing for a colonoscopy and the prep work isn’t for the faint of heart. Yuck! Stinks to get older!

Anyway…I digress! I made a delicious chop suey/stir fry last week and wanted to share it with you! You will need the following:

About 1.5 lbs of beef stew meat (or tofu if you want to make it vegan!)

1 large, sweet onion, peeled and chopped/sliced

1 medium head of bok choy, rinsed well and chopped

3/4 cup of diced celery

2, 14 oz. cans of bean sprouts, drained

2, 5 oz. cans of bamboo shoots, drained

1, 5 oz. can of sliced water chestnuts, drained

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tsp. ground ginger

1 Tbsp. granulated onion

1/2 tsp. granulated garlic

1/4 – 1/2 cup gf soy sauce to taste

Large frying pan or wok

Start by placing the onion in your large frying pan or wok. Cook over medium heat. Add the beef and cook until just barely still pink. Add bok choy and celery.

When the vegetables are soft, add bean sprouts, water chestnuts, and bamboo shoots. Stir. Add salt and pepper, ginger, granulated onion and garlic. Stir well. Add gf soy sauce to taste. Stir until combined. Enjoy!

Sharing Saturday: Lime Vitality

Yum to my tum!

This is just a little post to share,

My favorite oil that is to pair,

With a Diet Coke, not my favorite drink,

But makes it much more palatable, I think.

Just add a drop, or two, or three,

And drink right down, happiness to be!

So share my link, I’ll be sure to do,

Order it all and help me too!

Sharing Saturday: Ginger Vitality

Our wonder stomach oil!

Recently, we have discovered Young Living’s ginger vitality essential oil. I like a little ginger in my stir fry or chop suey. I never really thought of it as an essential oil. Well, maybe as a scent to be diffused.

However, since Child #2 suffers terribly from gas issues among other tummy issues, she started putting a couple of drops of ginger vitality oil in a bottle of flavored water. She finds that this helps immensely with her stomach issues. She is able to eat much less carefully without getting sick to her stomach.

She still has celiac disease, but her usual triggers, like spaghetti, etc. are no longer an issue! It’s been awesome! I found that I like it in orange zip fizz. Makes it taste like spiced ice tea. Yum!

So, if you have tummy troubles, give this a try. If you are interested in ginger vitality or any of the other marvelous products from Young Living, please use my link!


How insignificant we.

How high the mountains sweep to the sky…

But how low the valleys are to the eye.

Swift wind

Oh my, how it all flies.

And finds me alone,

Finds me alone.

Finds me alone.

I am not alone,

I am with the wind so swift, the mountains so high, the valleys so low.

I am the rain, the sun, the moon, the little lightening bug’s glow.

We are one, you and I,

All part of this great creation.

All alike, and yet all different,

Joining in this recreation.

When will we see

What we owe to the One

The great Creator?

Only at the end when all is lost?

I hope we will not have to wait for most.

Ah Yes, Blogging…

Do we have to talk about blogging? I just want some snuggle time! I’m an emotional support pup!

So, I started out wanting to do the extra post on Wednesday, but then failed to post on Thursday, my normal posting day. So, here it is, Friday, and yeah…no post.

Family time… obviously not ours. Psycho ex, remember?

I decided to do a family update. Child #1 is doing well, making her way in the world and no longer living at home. She has found a substitute family, and a job and is somewhat happy. As far as I know, she has not seeked (sucked? seeketh? No freaking clue!) help for her mental health issues. She is an adult and it is none of my business. I still pray for her mightily.

Child #2 is doing fine. She taught herself to knit over the Summer, and is now into knitting all sorts of projects. She still likes to latch hook as well as many other creative outlets. She is amazing, and I’m a tiny bit jealous that she is so proficient in so many arts and crafts. Could be that I never did her the disservice of telling her she couldn’t and that it wouldn’t work out.

Child #3 is doing so much better! He is figuring things out and just enjoying being with his friends and being accepted. Is he perfect? Absolutely not! But compared to where he was just a couple of years ago, the transformation is amazing! Thank you, Jesus!

Child #4 is struggling. She has a doctor’s appointment today to see if we can get to the bottom of her depression and anxiety. I am thinking of seeing if she’s interested in starting a trauma journal, like I did. It may help. I try to be supportive and loving, but she doesn’t want to be touched, to have to do anything, or to participate in family stuff. It’s frustrating and I miss her, as do her siblings.

I am doing better with my mental health. I have started a drawing trauma journal, and have found it extremely helpful and healing. I still have a long way to go, but for the first time in a long time I can see real progress and am even considering dating. We’ll see. God knows.

My Drawing Trauma Journal – No peeking!

I love where we are right now on our journey. There is hope and that is a beautiful thing. Praise Him Always; even and especially in the hard times, as He is preparing you for what you will need in life. He sees the big picture.

A Trauma Journal

Take some time for yourself…face the trauma.

I was recently intrigued by the thought of a trauma journal. It’s not that I haven’t heard of journaling for years and years, but this struck a different chord. It was a drawing journal. Ooh! Drawing! I love to draw. Ok, maybe I’m not professional at it, but I do love to draw, and even took an art therapy class in college. This was so up my avenue.

If you have been following me for any length of time, you know that I have suffered much trauma in my life. So, what better way to enhance healing with my lovely trauma releasing essential oils than to add a drawn trauma journal to the mix?

I got the idea when I read Tamara’s post about them. If you haven’t checked out her blog, you should! Here’s a link to it:


Don’t let your doubt stop you!

So, yesterday, I drew two pictures. They both included trauma perpetrated by my dad. For some reason it released my mind enough to dream about more trauma concerning my ex-husband. I dreamed about him getting remarried and felt I had to warn his future wife and her family. I was able to in the dream, but have no idea if it stopped the wedding. I don’t much care if he gets remarried, my concern was for the fiance’s five children, three of which were girls of the right age, if you know what I mean.

Use color or stick with black and white!

It’s a hopeless feeling when you have trouble getting across life-changing information to someone who needs to hear it. On the other hand, I did manage to make the issue known so she could make an informed decision.

Did this dream have anything to do with my drawings? Most likely. I think, as a child, I was helpless to stop my father, but found, as an adult, I am no longer helpless. It has been a hard lesson to learn, and one I have to keep reminding myself of every day. But, I am stronger, and my children will have the benefit of that strength.

Just a Note: It is not required that you be a great artist for this journal. You are the only one who will see it, so break free and be creative. The important thing is to get the trauma out so that you have a release point, and it doesn’t build up inside you to one day explode!

Release your trauma! Let it take flight and free yourself!

Let me know if you decide to keep a trauma journal too. I find it easier than writing every little thing that happened. A picture is, as they say, worth a thousand words. Happy drawing!

Sharing Saturday: The Business Part 2

New products, yay!!!!

I forgot to tell you about the rest if the benefits of being in Young Living! Being a part of the YL community is awesome because these are all people who are very health conscious and loving. It is the most supportive group of people I’ve ever met.

When you start your business one of the first things you want to do is to get on the loyalty rewards program. This is a bonus program where you earn rewards for everything that you order. You earn points and then redeem them for free products. Not only that, but for every level you reach in your order amount, you receive bonus products.

Oh, and you don’t have to join the business to get these benefits! As a customer, you also get free products and points on the loyalty program to earn more free products!

My favorite laundry soap! My clothes have never been so clean and smelled so good with no toxins!

So, I want to be clear, Young Living, is NOT a pyramid scheme! Pyramid schemes do not have products! We have awesome products, which if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you already know! Young Living is an awesome company that has been in business for 30 years!

Best hand soap ever! My hands no longer are cracked and bleeding!

If you’re not sure if you want to get involved with Young Living yet, you can start small. Order an oil or two. You can also switch out your normal toxic cleaners for Thieves cleaner concentrate, hand soap, and dishwashing soap. You can even try Thieves Vitality essential oil if you want to ward off any colds that are roaming around! A couple drops in a glass of cold water not only tastes pretty good, but can also help you to stay healthy! Awesome!

Ward off sickness!

To start your journey, please click the link below and commence ordering!

A Bold Gem Found On My Flash Drive…a Repost that I have been meaning to post!

Hear me roar!

A Bold Gem I Found on My Flashdrive was written by a blogger I just discovered. Thought you might like his view!

This blogger has an amazing view of God and His Kingdom! I’m excited to share it here at GF Recipes and Writings!!! Happy Thursday ☺️!